FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Department of Psychology

PSY 480 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Health Psychology
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 480
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course Q&A
Lecture / Presentation
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to introduce the basic concepts used in the field of health psychology. Research and methodology applied in health psychology research and health-threatening behaviors (such as smoking, malnutrition, excessive alcohol consumption), the effects of stress on the disease, adaptation to chronic diseases, and coping with terminal illnesses will be discussed.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to define the psychosocial basis of health and illness.
  • Will be able to define the body systems related to the illness.
  • Will be able to explain the factors affecting health behaviors and behavior change methods.
  • Will be able to discuss proven findings on the relationship between stress and illness.
  • Will be able to compare the effects of pain on human psychology, different pain theories and methods of coping with pain.
  • Will be able to explain the causes of health-compromising behaviors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and sleep disorders and their negative effects on health.
  • Will be able to discuss ways of dealing with chronic, progressive or fatal diseases.
Course Description The aim of this course is to introduce students to health behaviors, disease perception and adaptation, the relationship of stress with illnesses, adaptation to chronic, progressive and fatal diseases, and research methods used in the field of health psychology, which are the main study subjects of health psychology.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction of the course
2 Introduction to Health Psychology Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 1; pp. 3-12)
3 The Systems of the Body Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 2; pp. 14-25)
4 The Systems of the Body Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 2; pp. 25-38)
5 Health Behaviors Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 3; pp.3 8-50)
6 Models of Change in Health Behavior Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 3; pp. 50-61)
7 Health Promoting Behaviors Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 4; pp. 64-79)
8 Health Compromising Behaviors Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 5; pp. 79-110)
9 Midterm exam
10 Stress and Illness Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 6; pp. 114-137)
11 Coping with Stress Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 7; pp. 137-157)
12 Pain Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 10; pp. 199-218)
13 Management of Chronic Diseases Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 11; pp. 218-237)
14 Psychological Issues in Advancing and Terminal Illness Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology. McGraw-Hill Education. (Chapter 12; pp. 239-257)
15 Overview of the course
16 Final exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

Taylor, S. E. (2018). Health psychology (10th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9781259922077

Suggested Readings/Materials

Ogden, J. (2012). Health psychology: A textbook (5th ed.). McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 9780335243839

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
1
10
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
13
2
26
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
1
20
20
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
1
20
20
Presentation / Jury
1
20
20
Project
0
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
0
Final Exam
1
46
46
    Total
180

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To have knowledge of basic concepts, theories, approaches (behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, statistical, humanistic, psychodynamic, and socio-cultural), and current applications specific to the field of psychology by using current course materials and instruments.

2

To have basic knowledge and skills about the applications in the different subfields of psychology.

X
3

To have basic knowledge about the testing and measurement instruments used in different subfields of psychology and basic level skill that does not require expertise in carrying out applications in different subfields of psychology.

X
4

To make use of other disciplines that may contribute to psychology and have basic knowledge about the contribution of psychology to these disciplines.

X
5

To have cumulative knowledge about the position of psychology as a scientific discipline in Turkey, the conducted research, applications and problems encountered from past to present in the field of psychology.

X
6

To have the competence to conduct a research individually and/or as a team using the knowledge acquired in the field of psychology, interpret the findings obtained by using scientific problem solving and critical thinking approaches.

7

To have the ability to construct a research hypothesis, create a research design, collect data, analyze it, report it in a scientific writing format, and interpret it by using basic knowledge related to testing and measurement, research methods, and statistics acquired in the field of psychology.

8

To have the competence to share the theoretical and applied knowledge acquired in the field of psychology with the experts and lay people by using the required information and communication technologies in scientific studies and events that benefit the society.

9

To have knowledge of the relevant professional and ethical values ​​in the domains of psychology and respect individual differences and human rights in research and practices related to psychology.

10

To constantly renew herself/himself professionally by following both national and international publications in the field of psychology, the developments in testing and measurement instruments and software programs used in the discipline.

11

To establish written and verbal communication with experts and lay people by using both Turkish and English.

12

To be able to speak a second foreign at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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